Although drug abuse begins with a conscious decision to experiment with a substance, research has found that drugs interfere with normal brain functioning and can cause long term effects on brain metabolism and activity.
Drug addiction is an uncontrollable craving that needs treatment to overcome. Drug addiction usually consists of physical dependency and psychological dependency. Physical dependency means the body has become accustomed to the drug and withdrawal symptoms will be felt without it. Common withdrawal symptoms include sweating, tremors, insomnia, vomiting and headaches. Psychological dependency means the mind relies on the effects of the drug and its absence will initiate cravings.
When someone decides they want to stop using a drug, it is usually because they recognise that the drug is doing them harm in some way. They may be aware that there is a physical price they are paying, or they may realise that the drug is masking their true selves. Very often the latter is the case with those who want to stop taking tranquillisers or anti-depressants. There can also be unpleasant side-effects such as tiredness.
It is important to know that if you have been using recreational drugs regularly for a period of time that you should consult your doctor before attempting to stop taking the drug. This is because in most cases, withdrawal from a drug needs to be medically supervised. This is for your own safety. Your doctor may also want to provide you with the kind of support network that would help you.
If you have a problem with drug addiction, the first thing to do is contact the HypnoHut and book an initial free consult with us. We will assess with you what your needs are. Treatment might include resolving any issues that led to the addiction in the first place, working on self-esteem issues and building your strength and resources to stick with your decision. During this we will explain to you how it all works, what to expect. Should you decide at that point that you would wish to proceed, we will book a series of sessions and give you the ability to move beyond your drug addiction. It must again be stressed that medical advice should be sought.